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12:55 AM ET, October 15, 2008

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple's all-new MacBook Pro packs new NVIDIA GPUs, glass trackpad  —  Oh, don't act so surprised.  A refresh of Apple's long-in-the-tooth MacBook Pro line was pretty much the only sure thing slated for today's event, and Apple certainly delivered.  As for looks, you probably know the score by now …
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Between the Lines:
Apple's new MacBook line: Affordable enough?  —  Apple on Tuesday moved to address a weakened consumer and its statement on a its refreshed MacBook lineup is telling.  Since when does a premium brand like Apple worry about price and making its notebooks “far more affordable?”
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Answers about the new buttonless MacBook trackpad  —  We have spent some time messing around with the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros, and the number one question we're getting so far is, “How in the world do you use the buttonless trackpad?”  —  Let me just say first that if you're already used …
Discussion: Engadget, Gearlog, AppleInsider and Gizmodo
MacNN:
Analysts: $999 MacBook most significant announcement  —  The announcement of a $999 plastic MacBook may be more significant than the revelation of metal MacBooks and MacBook Pros, say analysts with UBS and Piper Jaffray.  The former firm notes that while the metal notebooks are more attractive …
Discussion: The Apple Blog and RyanSpoon.com
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
MacBook Pro first hands-on!  —  Well you've heard the talk, now check out the pics in the gallery below.  Believe it or not, that trackpad isn't as hard to use as you think.  The new laptops are shockingly similar to current models, and in here those glossy displays don't seem too bad.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
First Look: MacBook and MacBook Pro
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
MacBook Pro requires logout to switch graphics modes
Discussion: Hardware 2.0, CrunchGear and Apple
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
New MacBooks Get Glass Trackpad with New Multitouch Gestures, No Buttons
Discussion: Scripting News, Lifehacker and Engadget
Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3.1 beta 1 now available for download  —  Please note: Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 is a public preview release intended for developer testing and community feedback.  It includes many new features as well as improvements to performance, web compatibility, and speed.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3.1 beta 1 officially released
Discussion: Webware.com and Lifehacker
Derek Willis / Open:
Announcing the New York Times Campaign Finance API  —  When we first started talking about creating and releasing APIs for databases collected by The Times, campaign finance data from the Federal Election Commission was a natural choice.  The upcoming presidential election has seen record fund-raising …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First New York Times API is Live - Here's Why it Matters
Discussion: VentureBeat
Amr / Amr Awadallah Blog:
The Startup is Cloudera, the Business is Hadoop MapReduce  —  The new company I am starting is called Cloudera, it will be offering support for Hadoop, think RedHat for Hadoop, but that is just the beginning.  —  My co-founders are a bunch of really interesting folks:
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Ex-Google, Yahoo, Facebook employees snub recession, launch Hadoop startup
Madison Park / CNN:
Study: Google does a brain good  —  (CNN) — Can Google make you smarter?  Is the more you Yahoo, the better?  A new study suggests that searching online could be beneficial for the brain.  —  A study at the University of California, Los Angeles, measured brain activity of older adults as they searched the Web.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Who's Afraid of Chrome?  Flock 2 Released With Even More Bells And Whistles  —  Design philosophies could hardly be further apart.  Google's ironically named Chrome browser, which launched last month, advanced the notion that browsers ought to be neither seen nor heard.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Authorities Shut Down Spam Ring  —  The Federal Trade Commission won a preliminary legal victory against what it called one of the largest spam gangs on the Internet, getting an Illinois district court on Tuesday to freeze the group's assets and order the spam network to shut down.
Discussion: CircleID
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
McCain Campaign Sends Letter To YouTube Defending Fair Use  —  from the what-the...?  dept  —  This is impressive, and somewhat unexpected.  It's rather rare to see politicians (other than maginal ones, at least) showing any sort of recognition of fair use.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Today's Claim Chowder  —  Let's flag the most egregiously wrong rumor reports from the last few weeks.  —  DUNCAN RILEY: $800 MACBOOKS  —  Jackass of the week honors go to Duncan Riley at Inquisitr, who a week ago launched the “$800 laptop from Apple” rumor.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Is Steve Jobs Preparing His Farewell?  —  Steve Jobs is leaving Apple.  Not tomorrow, but probably very soon.  That's why he started to say good bye today, doing something more important than just presenting new MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and an updated MacBook Air.
Mike Nash / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Why 7?  —  There's been a lot of lively discussion since I confirmed yesterday that the official name for the next version of the Window client operating system will be “Windows 7” about how we got to the number “7.”  —  I'll say up front, that there are many ways to count the releases …
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
SanDisk's $20 MP3 player  —  Like many other commentators, I greeted last month's SlotMusic announcement from SanDisk with befuddlement.  I don't understand why a consumer would pay $14.99, which is almost the same price as a CD, for a tiny MicroSD card preloaded with digitally compressed audio.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
JS-Kit, the widget company for dummies, gets boost  —  JS-Kit, the Silicon Valley company that makes it easy for bloggers to add comments, polls, product reviews or ratings system to their website, has gotten a boost when it most needs it.  —  It has raised $3.6 million in a second round …
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Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Iomega Offers 1TB of Network Storage for $300
Discussion: Gizmodo
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Flash Player 10 brings new effects to developers
Allen Tom / Yahoo! Developer Network Blog:
Yahoo! Releases OpenID Research
Chris Tompkins / Industry Standard:
Steve Jobs: Blu-ray is a “bag of hurt”
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple snags nearly 10% of US PC market in third quarter
Discussion: Bits
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft Search Payback: Killing Yahoo, Annoying Google
Discussion: Maximum PC all
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Vista SP2 and Server 2008 SP2: watch this space
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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
Booyah Raises $4.5 Million from Kleiner Perkins
Discussion: paidContent.org and VentureBeat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Nameo: Single-Button Business Card Replacement For The iPhone
Discussion: The Next Web
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Quicken Online is finally free
Discussion: Fast Company and Lifehacker
 

 
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